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Created by John Eipper on 02/13/19 2:02 PM

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Has Trump Taught the American People Any Lessons? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 02/13/19 2:02 pm)

Carmen Negrín wrote on February 13th: "Trump's problem is not just immigration. It's women, people of color (whatever the color), his honesty, his 'buddies,' his use of religion, his lack of empathy, his lack of knowledge, and in particular that of foreign policy and of science (climate change for instance)."

John Eipper commented: "One thing I've noticed about the Trumpian base: if you cite anything akin to Carmen Negrín's 'laundry list' above, the answer you hear is 'absolutely!' (Meaning, good.)"

Both are probably right; thus the scary conclusion is that a significant portion of the American nation thinks it is OK to disrespect women, be racist, or be too ignorant or opinionated to be a president.

I must confess to the wishful thinking that having someone like Trump as president would teach the American people a lesson on the importance of seeking the truth, being rational and knowledgeable, being respectful of everything and everyone. It seems that a large segment of our American nation is not capable of learning. They prefer to believe whatever they believe, and right now for them Trump is the Messiah, right or wrong. That is why I think religion is a curse. Trump is just a symptom; be prepared for more irrational behavior.

On another topic, John asked if my family has any converts to God the Universe. The answer is no, not one. However, some seedlings may be germinating very slowly. Meanwhile I have been learning a lot about the conversion process.

JE comments: Tor, no man (or woman, of course) is a prophet in his or her own nation (house).

Returning to Trump, perhaps we should revisit Eric Hoffer's seminal work of mass psychology, The True Believer (1951).  Hoffer's distinction between the "newly poor" and the "abjectly poor" is useful for understanding the Trump base.  Hoffer also stresses the primacy of faith over reason for the TB.

The True Believer has come up in different contexts, in particular Islamism.  See this 2015 post from Francisco Wong-Díaz:

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